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Stephanie Wraith

Hometown: Danville, California

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Advisor: Scott Ickes

$260 to go

Assessing the Role of Maternal and Community Capacities in Preventing Hygiene-Related Infectious Diseases

I’ll be using individual and focus group interviews in rural Nicaragua as well as a thorough review of the broad international literature to examine the role that maternal and community capacities play in both perceptions of and responses to hygiene-related infectious diseases, particularly those of childhood diarrhea and parasitic infections. Analyzing both the literature and the approaches of multilateral aid organizations should provide a window into the prevailing paradigms of Read More…

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Rachel Sillcox

Hometown: Derwood, Maryland

Major: Neuroscience

Advisor: Jennifer Stevens

$1660 to go

Assessing Language Deficits in Aphasia Patients

This research project will assess the language deficits in high functioning aphasia patients as compared to controls. Aphasia is often the result of traumatic brain injury or brain disease or infection that affects language control centers. While aphasia can be debilitating, there are many aphasia patients who are high functioning members of society. There is a continuum of severity and in order to determine where a patient falls on such Read More…

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Melissa Hey

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia

Major: Biology

Advisor: Harmony Dalgleish

$685 to go

Consequences of Plant-Herbivore Interactions on Population Dynamics of Common Milkweed

I am studying the effects that plant-herbivore interactions have on population densities and the differences between simulated and natural herbivory to induce plant-defensive responses in milkweed. Milkweed is a common plant in the United States and is widely known for its significance in providing habitat and food for monarch butterflies, and as such many studies have been done on the effects of herbivory on the plant. From these, people have Read More…

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William Plews-Ogan

Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia

Major: Sociology

Advisor: Kathleen Jenkins

$645 to go

The Ancient Future of Restorative Justice: Indigenous Forum Courts in Australia

American justice systems remain fixed on retributive justice paradigms such as jail and civil penalties which fail to adequately improve offender behavior and leave all parties bitter and vengeful. Australian institutions, however, have recently enacted restorative justice practices–those that address the concerns of the victim, the offender, and the community in response to a crime. In New South Wales, state authorities have created over 250 Aboriginal “circle courts,” which convene Aboriginal offenders, Read More…

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Grace Taumoefolau

Hometown: Sugarland, Texas

Major: Chemistry

Advisor: Elizabeth Harbron

$857 to go

Synthesis of Dual-Colored Fluorescent pH Sensor for Biological Systems

Many of us experience our first pH sensor with the litmus paper, examining its color change in an acidic or basic medium. Unfortunately, litmus papers aren’t sufficient to report pH with respect to time and space. Fluorescent pH sensors provide a popular alternative, owing to their high sensitivity. Immersed in acid, the masked form of two commercial dyes, rhodamine B and rhodamine 6G, break down to glow green and red. Read More…